Wednesday, November 26, 2008

scots in america

A quote from American President Woodrow Wilson, "Every line of strength
in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood."
More than 100 governors of pre- and post- Revolutionary America were of
Scottish birth or descent.
Others from Scotland or of Scots descent in American history:
- 35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 25 of them are in the Great Americans
Hall of Fame.
- Almost 1/2 of the Secretaries of U.S. Treasury and 1/3 of the
Secretaries of State were Scots.
- 9 of the signatures on the Declaration of Independence were from Scots
- 9 of the 13 colony governors made in the new USA were Scots.
- James Pollock, of Scots descent, put the slogan "In God We Trust" on
American coins!
61% of American Presidents are of Scots descent.
A Scot, James Watt, invented the first steam engine and in so doing
started the Industrial Revolution.
A Scot, John Logie Baird, invented the Television.
A Scot, John Napier, invented logarithms and the decimal notation.
A Scot, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, invented the bicycle.
A Scot, John Paul Jones, founded the American Navy.
A Scot, Alexander Fleming, discovered Penicillin.
A Scot, William Paterson, founded the Bank of England.
A Scot, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone.
A Scot, John Chalmers, invented the adhesive postage stamp.
A Scot, John Boyd Dunlop, invented the car tyre.
A Scot, Captain Patrick Ferguson, invented the breech loading rifle.
A Scot, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, know as the 'Father of
Australia', A Scot, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, was the first Prime
Minister of Canada under confederation.
A Scot, Robert Stirling, invented the Stirling engine in 1850. Stirling
engines are being studied at NASA for use in powering space vehicles
with solar energy!
The Scots invented Golf.
"History credits the Rev. Elijah Craig, a Baptist minister, with being
the first in 1789 to make bourbon." He was a Scotsman. Kentucky is the
place for bourbon because of the limestone which makes the water almost
iron-free. "The first bourbon recognized by brand outside of Kentucky
probably was produced by Dr. James Crow...a Scotsman who settled near
the Rev. Craig's place." He was known by the locals as Jim Crow.
The Scottish-American Hall of Fame contains more plaques for the
military than any other category. Twenty-one men are installed including
Daniel Boone who is listed as an "Indian Fighter." The list is as
follows: George Rogers Clark, Frontier hero of the Revolutionary War;
Stonewall Jackson; Joseph E. Johnston; Henry Knox; Arthur MacArthur,
army general, father of Douglas MacArthur; George B. McClellan;
Alexander Macomb, general and hero of the War of 1812; William (Billy)
Mitchell, controversial air power advocate; William Multrie; George S.
Patton, WWII exponent of mobile warfare; Winfred Scott, Mexican War and
Chief of staff; J.E.B. Stuart, Confederate cavalry general; Christopher
"Kit" Carson, frontiersman and explorer; William Clark, explorer with
Merriwether Lewis; Davy Crockett, frontiers-man who died at the Alamo.
Two individuals are listed under the category of "Naval." They are David
Glasgow Farragut, Civil War naval hero, and John Paul Jones,
Revolutionary War naval hero.
Famous Quote: "If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of
Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish
of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who
will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw
a trigger." George Washington, Valley Forge.
Scottish Freemasonry is now officially recognised as being the oldest in
the world and is now recorded as a Guinness World Record.
Scot invented suspenders.
Although the Scots comprise less than one-half of 1 percent of the
world's population, 11 percent of all Nobel prizes have been awarded to
Scotsmen. Quote from "The Mark of the Scots" by Duncan A Bruce.
The world's first university faculty of engineering and technical
science was in Glasgow.
67 US Politicians were born in Scotland that we know off.
There are estimated to be 20,000 Americans living in Scotland and half a
million visit each year.
It is estimated that 15% of Canadians are of Scots descent.
Scotland invented branch banking and so brought banking facilities to
the people and the world.
In his native Northeast of Scotland Thomas Blake Glover is virtually
unknown, however in his adopted country of Japan he is revered as a
national hero - one of the founding fathers of modern Japan.
"The Reverend Malcolm MacDonald, a native of Whitton, Quebec, a
descendant of the early Scots settlers and of the first church
established in the area, says:
"'The Book of Books was the library they opened, and the Church of Jesus
Christ was the first institution they established and that in their
homes, and the Gospel of Christ was the philosophy they espoused.' "
"The most casual observer and historian must admit that these early
settlers played a leading part in setting the course in which the Nation
travels today.
"I am indeed grateful that we are privileged to stand in the stream of a
noble, spiritual, national and cultural tradition, which has flourished
in Scotland for centuries, and for some 150 years established firmly on
this North American Continent, in both Canada and the United States.
SCOTS emigres to the US are five times more likely to become dollar
millionaires than those from any other country, according to a study of
wealth. Thomas Stanley and William Danko, in their book The Millionaire
Next Door, analysed the ethnic backgrounds of the wealthiest members of
US society and discovered that while people of Scottish origin make up
1.7% of the population, they comprise 9.3% of its millionaires.
Scottish Explorers and Fur Trappers
Read about how Scots dominated the Fur trade and by doing opened up
Canada and the West.
Scotland and the American Indians
Read about the Scots their ties with American Indians.
Historians and the Scottish-American Connection Read about Scottish
American connections.
The Scot in British North America
This is a 4 volume set about the Scots in Canada and the great part they
played in its creation.
Scotland, a wee country wi' a BIG impact on the World


Minicapt said...

1. Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians)
2. The Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's)
3. Pipes and Drums everywhere.


missred said...

yes, the scots are everywhere in the north american continent

Michael Follon said...

You mention that 9 of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence were from Scots descent. One of them was James Wilson, who was also one of the signatories of the Constitution of the United States in 1787. Here in Scotland there was recently an article in the 'Sunday Post' about him. Here are some extracts from that article -

'"Many American scholars now agree he's one of the most important founding fathers of our nation, if not the most important," says Professor Mark Hall, a political scientist at George Fox University in Oregon
In 1776 James, who had been elected to the Continental Congress, was among 56 delegates who met to sign the Declaration of Independence.

"In Pennsylvania, the state he represented, opinion was divided over the issue," says Mark. "He signed it and committed Pennsylvania to independence."
"The constitution created the president," explains Mark, "and James was hugely important in creating that role. It was James who argued it would be better to have one single executive as opposed to a group, which is what many wanted."
"Some of his recommendations went unheeded but he was perhaps the most democratic of the founding fathers, a huge supporter of one man, one vote. He was also a big believer in giving women equal rights."

Michael Follon said...

Just something I missed out from my last comment -

James Wilson penned the phrase 'We The People' and then suggested it to Thomas Jefferson. Both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison understood exactly what those words meant.

The 'Sanitization' of Scottish History -

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